We have had 3 holidays here now and this year wanted to try somewhere different, but after endless searching and debating, we are ending up back in Chalain again! The absolute highlight of this site is the lake, on the drive into the site you are greeted by this bright aqua lake peeping out between the trees and it literally took our breath away, the location is simply stunning. In good weather you never have to leave the site because there is so much to do on the lakeside be it swimming, kyaking, canoeing, pedaloeing, fishing, paddling, there is even a Go Ape type activity in the trees near the lake and you can take a zip wire over the lake onto a pontoon so makes for a very active but cheap holiday. The kids love the lake and we literally have to drag them out on a night or for food! The lake is clear and much much warmer than the pool complex which we never bother with.
The site for us ticks every box, its immaculately clean, toilets facilities are great (but Brits please note no toilet seats here, but i kind of like it like that, they are so much cleaner, they are thoroughly jetwashed and disinfectanted 3 times a day, ample hot water and washing up areas. There are plenty of playgrounds throughout the site, lots of kids activities in the high season which is when we go, id recommend trips out to local market at Lons le Sonier and the family canoeing trip were all excellent value and very worth while.
There is a bakery on site which you wake up to the smell of the baguettes and croissants baking, go early as the cue can be big, but soon goes down, there is a butchers, a fromangerie, newsagents, gift shop, newspaper shop and a lakeside store selling everything you could ever need for the lake, it isnt too expensive and we bought most of our gear here. Nearby in Clairvaux le lac, is an Aldi which is even cheaper than the UK, we got a weeks shop including wine, larger and fresh produce for 70.00 to feed 10, brilliant little find, over the road is a large french supermarket with petrol station, a bit like our tescos sells clothes and that too, worthwile having a browse.
All in all we absolutely LOVE it here, we go with another 2 familes who have camped in France for 18 and 11 years respectively, they said they have not seen a better site for the price.
The only 2 downsides for me : Its a right trek from Calais without a stop, we travel down from Newcastle so its a hike even to Dover for us : ( so id recommend a stop over in Reims , cheap and cheerful but does the job
The other thing which could be a negative is the weather. The first year we went we had wall to wall sun with a few little showers, temps got up to 42 oc. The second year we came it absolutely poured down 10 days out of 14, it did take the shine (pardon the pun) off the holiday but we hadnt gone prepared as the first year was so hot, this year we are taking macs and wellies and a fleece each and even if it does rain its never cold so we will be out and about exploring the area which is beautiful.
All in all then a fantastic site for familes with kids of every age, friendly staff, great facilities, stunning location, we would highly recommend this place to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Domaine de Chalain is a larg campsite with 4 stars closed to the lake of Chalain: accomodations, restaurant, shops, leisures and aquacenter. ... more less